International Scout Jamboree welcomes 6,500 to Kent Event Centre

The Kent Event Centre in Detling welcomed 6,500 Scouts and Guides from 30 countries recently for the Kent International Jamboree 2013.

The event, held 27 July-3 August, welcomed Scouts and Guides aged from 10 to 18, representing 270 different groups from across the globe.

The event featured more than 100 activities, from climbing to curling, archery to microlight-flying and wood-turning to woggle workshops. There was an international café, a radio station, a cinema, an exhibition of Scouting history and dance and performance facilities.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls and comedian and former Scout David Walliams flew in by helicopter on the final day to spread a little inspiration to the gathering.

The Kent Event Centre was chosen four years ago to host the jamboree. Its manager Alison Wallington said: “It has been a joy to welcome Scouts and Guides from across the world to Kent. We are the perfect venue for an event of this size and scope because we have so much space and so many different facilities, as well as an ideal location between two major motorways.”

Camp Director Andy Trill said they chose the Kent Event Centre because it was the largest venue in Kent and the only venue that could provide all of the infrastructure required.

Conference facilities at the Kent Event Centre include the Clive Emson Conference Centre (1,700sqm), the John Hendry Pavilion (1,750sqm), the Astor Pavilion (151sqm) and the Kent Pavilion (3,000sqm). There are also six meeting rooms.

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Paul Colston


Paul Colston

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